Graduate Professional Development Program Survey: Towards a National Strategy
Office responsible for graduate development programs:
Multiple offices _ SGPS, Teaching Support Centre, Career Counselling (Student Success Centre); individual faculties and programs
Name of program:
Social media accounts related to program:
Who is responsible for updating information for websites?
Mark Wolfe (SGPS Communications Officer) as well as individual units
Graduate Professional Development Programs
What sessions are available, in person or online? (workshops, webinars, blog, etc.)
Numerous sessions exist throughout the year
Are there sessions specifically for international students?
Are there mentorship or internships opportunities included in the program?
What skills or competencies do the sessions focus on?
Collaboration and Interpersonal Communication, Teaching and Learning, Intercultural Fluency, Time Management and Personal Development, Career and Professional Development, Research and Academic Skills
List sessions by topic and identify those in highest demand.
Who is eligible for sessions? (students, postdocs, alumni, etc.)
Graduate Students with most open to Postdoctoral Scholars
Are professional development programs mandatory for students to graduate; or are they part of a student-supervisor checklist?
Some programs have included a professional development course or milestone as part of their degree requirements. Currently, there are no other required programs.
Does the program offer academic credit or formal recognition (badges, certificates, etc.) to participants?
Yes, students can receive a Certificate when they complete the University Teaching and Learning Program http://gradpath.uwo.ca/programs/western_certificate_in_university_teaching_and_learning.html
Who develops and delivers the sessions? (graduate studies, other departments, students, professors, alumni, external organizations, etc.)
All of the different places that offer professional development, deliver their sessions. Currently, GRADPATH is the program that offers the majority of the sessions, taking the lead on campus.
How are the sessions promoted?
Emails, web pages
How do participants register? (through a centralized system or a partner company)
Through a centralized session
Is there additional cost or fees for registrants?
How many sessions run each year?
How many staff members are involved in administering the central sessions?
What are the registration capacities and participation rates? (per each session, total enrolment, breakdown in number of students/ postdocs/alumni, breakdown by faculty etc.)
2013/14: 6258 registrants
TSC: 3311 registrants spent an average of 7 hours on professional development
Career Counselling: 2013-14: 730 appointments
GradWrite: 2013-14: 2023 participants
Weight lists exist for career counselling and writing programs
How is participation in sessions tracked?
Is there information available to measure the effectiveness of attending sessions and securing employment after graduation?
Do departments offer professional development programs internally? If so, which?
Are there collaborative offerings between departments and the graduate professional development program office?
The TSC often provides advice and support to programs who are offering professional development programs as part of their offerings.
Do you incorporate labor market information and outcomes into the development of specific components of graduate professional development programs?
Do you incorporate strategies for developing positive relationships with employers?
Is there any additional information you would like to share?
We are in the progress of reviewing our professional development offerings, and considering how to redesign our program.
Canadian Association for Graduate Studies
The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) was founded in 1962 to promote graduate education and university research through meetings, publications and advocacy. The Association brings together 58 Canadian universities with graduate programs and the three federal research-granting agencies, as well as other institutions and organizations having an interest in graduate studies.